Often compared to the likes of Ibiza, Ayia Napa and Magaluf, Faliraki is famous for its nightlife. Or should we say infamous? A true party resort, the fun begins when the sun goes down. After dark, the oh-so-originally named Bar Street comes alive with lasers and loud music. As you crawl your way along the strip, you'll be pounced on by promoters promising free shots and fishbowls galore, so play your cards right and you'll soon be well on your way to a good time. We'd recommend sampling the shisha at Jamaica Bar before venturing into the Mambo jungle. If you make it past all of the bright lights of Bar Street, you'll find yourself on Club Street. How handy. From here we'd recommend heading straight to Bed. And no, we don't mean going home and snuggling under your duvet – far from it. Bed Club is bouncing 'til dawn and the home of the foam party. When the sun comes up, there are plenty of places to grab a Full English before joining the other twenty-somethings sleeping off last night's antics on the beach.
Faliraki's four mile beach is a hub for water sports. As well as the usual thrills and spills, there are all sorts of weird and wonderful water rides on offer. Skim the waves on a Crazy UFO, or take a seat on the Air Chair. Our personal favourite is the Screamer, which does exactly what it says on the tin. A quick plunge into the sea is the perfect remedy to a fuzzy head. Shops in Faliraki stock typically touristy things, from inflatables to beach towels. Forgotten your toothpaste? No problem. There are plenty of supermarkets around that sell essentials.
The small medieval town of Lindos was once the island's capital. Typically Greek, Lindos is a collection of little white-washed houses leading down to the sea. The preservation order on the town means it retains its old-time Greek-ness. Donkeys are the only means of transportation you'll see, and the restaurants and tavernas have retained their traditional charm. Lindos' rooftop restaurants are a lovely place to watch the sunset.
Lindos has some of the island's few sandy beaches. Pallas is a small spot to the North that's a favourite with the locals. It's well-stocked with sun loungers and tends to be less crowded than the main beach. To the South is St Paul's Beach. Perched on the edge of a picturesque bay, this pretty little location is a popular place to tie the knot. Lindos is a celebrity hotspot, and you never know, you might just see David Beckham soaking up the sun at a seafront café.
Towering over Lindos town is its ancient Acropolis. Take the ascent up through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town, where you'll pass tiny shops selling silver and gold jewellery, colourful glass and fresh spices. Alternatively, take a ride to the top on a donkey. You'll not regret it. The view over Lindos is breathtaking.
The World Heritage listed medieval city of Rhodes Town was once a town fortress to protect the west from the eastern invasions. Today, the gates have been opened to the tourist invasion, and visitors can enjoy exploring the labyrinthine streets of the old town. Find your way to Simi square and the Temple of Venus before walking the cobbled path of the Street of Knights up to the Acropolis of Rhodes. The Acropolis looks down over the ancient Mandraki harbour, which in ancient times was guarded by the legendary Colossus of Rhodes – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Since the Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake 2000 years ago, the site has been replaced with some slightly less impressive statues of deer, but they're nice to look at anyway.
The old town is a good place to buy traditional goods such as Greek wine and oil. You should take a trip to one of the traditional tavernas and drink a beer out of a welly boot. The old town is also home to museums and an art gallery, and there is also a beach to stretch your toes out on after all of that walking.
If you're travelling with kids, consider staying in Ixia. Quiet and relaxing, with good beaches and tourist facilities Ixia ticks all the boxes for a family holiday. Plus it's far enough away from Rhodes Town and Faliraki for you to get a good night's sleep, but close enough for a family outing or two. A local bus service runs frequently between the resorts throughout the day, so just hop on board and go explore.
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